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Newtown rings bells to mark six months since massacre

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Six months after a gunman killed 26 children and adults at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school, church bells rung to honor the victims of the shooting on Friday (June 14).

At the Newtown Congregational Church bells rung at 0930 EDT (1330 GMT) for several minutes on the cloudy, overcast day.

Shortly after the church bells a moment of silence was held at a ceremony attended by families and local officials.

Jillian Soto, who lost her sister Victoria Soto, a first-grade teacher at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, led the silence.

"Although it's been six months, we have not forgotten and we will never forget the ones who have died. This pain is excruciating and unbearable but thanks to people like you that come out to support us we are able to get through this," said Soto.

The event, which was organized as a call for renewing the fight for stricter gun control, featured the lighting of a lantern in honor of all tho

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